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PA Halts Gaza Electricity Payments to Israel

PA Halts Gaza Electricity Payments to Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Raising the stakes in its power struggle with Hamas, the Palestinian Authority notified Israel that it will no longer cover the costs of electricity that Israel provides to Gaza. Ynet explains: Israel supplies the Gaza Strip with electricity through 10 power lines that produce 125 megawatts, about 30% of the electricity

Israel Calls Out Syria on (More!) Chemical Weapons

  Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Israeli defense officials, Syria still has up to three tons of chemical weapons. Earlier this month a chemical attack in Syria killed over 80 people in a particularly gruesome manner. Director-general, Ahmet Uzumcu of the international chemical weapons watchdog the “Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” said laboratory

Iran Manufacturing Arms in Lebanon

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iran is manufacturing arms inside Lebanon according to Chagai Tzuriel, director- general of the Israeli Intelligence Ministry. If true, it would mean the Iranians and Hezbollah are trying to get around the difficulty of transferring arms over land through Syria to Lebanon by manufacturing them locally instead. Israel reportedly, on a number of occasions,

Will Israel-Gaza Calm Hold After Hamas Assassination?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Gaza are on alert after a senior Hamas figure was assassinated on Friday night. Mazen Faqha, who was released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange, was tasked with bolstering Hamas’ terror infrastructure in the West Bank, according to the Times of Israel. He was being assisted by other

Turkish Aid Worker in Gaza a Hamas-Trained Explosives Expert

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Times of Israel and Ynet takes a closer look at what’s known about head of the Turkish government’s humanitarian aid organization in Gaza who was arrested by Israel for working for Hamas. For a “humanitarian aid” official, you have wonder about Muhammad Murtaja’s expertise in manufacturing advanced explosives. Among other

US Boycotts UN Human Rights Council Debate on Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. The US boycotted a session of the UN Human Rights Council discussing Israel and the Palestinians. AP explains: State Department spokesman Mark Toner in a statement took aim at a recurring agenda item at the council, which focuses on Israel and the Palestinian territories — the only one of its kind

UNRWA Suspends Staffer Accused of Having Hamas Leadership Role

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UNRWA suspended staffer Suhail al-Hindi, who Israel accused of having a leadership role in Hamas. The Times of Israel explains: COGAT, the Israeli Defense Ministry agency responsible for civilian affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, says that al-Hindi was appointed to the terror group’s leadership in a February 13

Islamic State Seizes Villages Near Israel-Syria Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jihadis linked to Islamic State seized a several Syrian villages near the area where the Israeli, Jordanian and Syrian borders converge. The villages, which had been held by the Free Syrian Army, were captured in a surprise attack on Monday. More at the Times of Israel. The fighters gained control of

IDF Soldier Sentenced For Killing Injured Palestinian Attacker

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Israeli military court sentenced IDF soldier Elor Azaria to 18 months in jail for killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker in Hebron. Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for shooting Abdel Fatah al-Sharif after Sharif and another Palestinian tried to stab Israeli soldiers last March. Azaria was caught on film shooting Sharif

Is a New Middle East War on Israel’s Horizon?

Today’s Top Stories 1.Is a new Middle East war on Israel’s horizon? The BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus crafts an in-depth analysis of the various players on and near to Israel’s northern and north-eastern borders. Hezbollah, Iran, Islamic State, Assad forces, Russia and a variety of other groups are variously competing and cooperating, each with different agendas

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